A Guide to Carrot Seeds for Vegetables
Plant carrot seeds to harvest a beautiful, healthy, and tasty vegetable. Carrot is often planted in raised beds, because it is quite forgiving if your garden has a slight rocky terrain or a couple of slopes. It grows well even in clay soils and can be a good choice of planting for people with a clay soil that tends to get really dry in hot weather.
To grow carrot seeds, you should have access to fresh, thick rainfall most of the year. The climate of your area will determine which varieties you can grow. In some regions, such as the southern United States, fall is the time when you can get at least five inches of rain. Plant carrots in full sun. When you plant them, keep in mind that they do not like heavy shade.
In most areas, summer temperatures are high enough that you can have carrot flowers in your garden. To get good yields, don't plant too close together, and be careful about over watering. Carrot seeds dry out quickly, so keeping moisture levels high in the soil is important. Thin the plants out by hand every two weeks or so, to allow for the natural process of leaf burning or composting.
In order to encourage a good root development, you must prune the plants regularly. If the vigorous growth of the plants has finished, it's time to pull them. If you plan to varnish or paint the young stems, let the roots remain green. This promotes a healthy root system, with plenty of room for the vigorous growth of new shoots.
The best way to encourage the development of carrots for your garden is by making sure there are good drainage conditions in your garden. Good drainage is necessary for the growth of carrots, but it is also vital for the health of the plants themselves. Carrot seeds take about a month to germinate, and the roots must remain moist until the seeds are ready to sprout. As long as your garden allows for plenty of drainage, the queen anne will be happy to grow in your yard.
While the common variety of carrot seeds produces very large blooms, there are other varieties that produce smaller blooms. For these, you will want to have larger and dryer umbels. Longer, narrower umbels can dry the flowers before the seeds are developed enough to sprout.
Once the carrot has finished the vegetative phase (which happens in about 7 days), it will flower and set fruit. It takes about two weeks for the flowering phase to occur. Once the fruit has occurred, it sets in storage and will not flower again for two months. At this point, the plant will need protection from both cold and hot weather. You can provide this by covering the container with a plastic basket or a Tupperware dish filled with a mixture of baking soda and water.
To encourage cross-pollination, you can put a cross-pollinated cutting in a vase. When the seeds germinate, the cuttings will begin to produce tiny seeds. Place these cuttings in a small plastic basket, which will allow them to cross-pollinate with the seeds from another plant. In most cases, the cuttings from one species will need to be removed first, unless you want the seeds to take root and reproduce within your garden. In this case, you can keep the remaining plant.
If the seeds have been exposed to wet weather, they will dry out. If they are not dried correctly, they will begin to bruise and split as well as to suffer from severe deficiencies of certain vital nutrients. You should remove any dry, cracked, flaky seeds on a daily basis and replace them with new, dry ones. You will need to moisten the seed coat before introducing them into your garden.
Carrot seed mixes contain various beneficial insects and pests, including beneficial predators, which will help to control and prevent a range of plant and crop diseases. These pests include carpenter ants, green lacewings and leafhoppers. Some hybrids are specially created to be pests and therefore have natural predators as well as natural pesticides. This will mean that, wherever these Carrot seeds are growing, there should not be too much damage.
The flowering period is brief, lasting only three weeks. When the flower buds appear they are highly-shaped and appear like miniature roses. The flowers open when the plant is in full bloom. The Carrot flowers are highly fragrant and will add greatly to your garden's attractiveness. Some varieties come up with a cluster of flowers at the top of the stem, known as a daffodil. There is no limit to the number of different varieties you can grow, each offering something different to your garden.